One day Naomi her mother-in-law1 said to her, "My daughter, I must find a homea2 for you, where you will be well provided for.
Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative3 of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.43
Wash5 and perfume yourself,6 and put on your best clothes.7 Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.84
When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do."
"I will do whatever you say,"9 Ruth answered.
So she went down to the threshing floor10 and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits,11 he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile.12 Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down.
In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned--and there was a woman lying at his feet!
"Who are you?" he asked. "I am your servant Ruth," she said. "Spread the corner of your garment13 over me, since you are a family guardian.14"
"The LORD bless you,15 my daughter," he replied. "This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier:16 You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.
And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.1712
Although it is true that I am a family guardian,18 there is another who is more closely related than19 I.
Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your family guardian,20 good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives21 I will do it.22 Lie here until morning."
So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, "No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.23"2415
He also said, "Bring me the shawl25 you are wearing and hold it out." When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and put it on her. Then heb went back to town.
When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, "How did it go, my daughter?" Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her
and added, "He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, 'Don't go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.' "
Then Naomi said, "Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today."26